Women of the World
Tuesday, March 26
The 12th annual student initiated event was held March 26. This year’s theme was Women Breaking Barriers. The panel discussion featured four former Traf girls who have each in some way broken a barrier. Jamie Orchard, Global Montreal Senior anchor, moderated. Click here to see the Global News Clip.
Jamie Orchard says that she took notes during the panel discussion and she reminded the audience of these important words of advice from the Traf grads:
- Be true to yourself
- Love what you do
- Be careful who you're being swayed by
- Learn to write well
- Find balance in your life, take care of yourself
Meet our panelists:
Micol Haimson, Class of 1992:
Micol Haimson has been appointed the new job as the vice president of Scotia Private Client Group at Scotiabank. She will be responsible in developing solutions in wealth management for the bank. Micol has over ten years of experience in the financial services industry. Micol was born in Montreal, and still lives here with her husband and two sons. Recently, she held the position of Director at Global Transaction Banking where she was responsible for a team of relationship managers in Quebec and Eastern Ontario. Micol was working with both corporate and commercial clients to help streamline their banking operations locally and around the globe. Micol has recently become a member of the Trafalgar Ross Foundation.
Joanne Kay, Class of 1988:
Joanne Kay is a former Canadian triathlete. After ranking top 10 nationally and internationally in triathlon competitions from 1997-2002, Joanne turned her talents to fields related to athletics. She is a senior research and policy analyst with Sports Canada, which has given her the Director General’s Award four times. Joanne is also a consultant to the Secretary of State For Sport, and a professor and lecturer at Queens University. She takes great pride in instilling her children with a passion for sport and active lifestyle. She and her husband Mathew have two daughters at aged four and seven.
Sara Johnston, Class of 1989:
Sara Johnston is well-known in the music industry as a famed singer, songwriter and musician. Since joining popular collective Bran Van 3000 in 1997, Sara has gone on to win a Juno award, to open the Montreal Jazz Festival, to embark on world tours and produce three albums with the band. When Bran Van 3000 decided to take a hiatus, Sara turned to her own songwriting and began composing and producing the songs that would form the foundation of her debut solo album, Sleeper (2008). Her newest album, Trespassing, was released in 2012. A vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Sara has also collaborated on projects with other artists, including those with reggae troubadour Mishka, Montreal singer-songwriter Chris Velan, and New Zealand’s duo Flight of the Concords.
Lisa Leroy, Class of 2003:
Lisa LeRoy is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world. Some of Lisa’s efforts with regards to children’s rights and global development include stopping issues such as child trafficking and improving children’s education and juvenile justice all around the world. With degrees in law, human rights and international development from the University of Ottawa and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Lisa is expected to graduate from McGill University this spring following a fall exchange with the University of Paris. Having been awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship in 2009 and the Top 20 Under 20 Award for Leadership, Achievement and Innovation in Canada in 2004, Lisa is also the founder and leader of the Cedar Park youth in action group for Free the Children. Volunteering teaching children numeracy and literacy in Senegal, Ecuador and Tanzania; working at the Canadian Department of Justice and as a resource coordinator for UNICEF at the University of Ottawa; and being a speaker for the Free the Children International Speakers Bureau are just a few bullet points on Lisa LeRoy’s impressive resume.